• Hints that not playing on Saturday affected his rhythm
• The Scot dropped from within the top five to T40
Marc Warren hinted that not getting out on the course on Saturday had an effect on a ‘flat’ final two rounds which saw him fall from within the top five down to T40.
After a three-hour delay for rain on Friday morning, Warren completed his second round and was sitting just two shots off the lead on seven-under, but didn’t get back out onto the course until 2.50pm on Sunday afternoon.
The Scot shot level par playing alongside Paul Lawrie in the third round, before being one of 28 out of the 80 players who made the cut to card an over par score on today – a two-over-par 74.
"Maybe the delay did have something to do with it" - Marc Warren
And when asked whether such a lengthy delay upset his rhythm, the 34-year-old said: “Yeah, possibly. Saturday was a long day. Waiting about not knowing whether we were going out or not. I came out once the guys had teed off at 6pm and hit a few balls, obviously not too many into the wind, but maybe the delay did have something to do with it because I just couldn’t get it going after that.
“I didn’t drive it great yesterday and I went to hit some balls with Alan last night and I just couldn’t figure anything out at all. I had a double warm-up this morning to try and figure something out but I just didn’t get it and I was getting lost in the shots I was hitting.
“I played nicely the first couple of days, putted nicely as well but they dried in the last two rounds. I didn’t really take any of my birdie chances and things were just a bit flat over these last couple of days.
“It’s disappointing to go backwards on any weekend, let alone when you’ve put yourself in a good position at the Open, but it’s just one of those things.”
And despite two weeks battling it out in Scotland, Marc Warren insists that he still has goals to achieve for the rest of 2015 – with cementing a place inside the world top 50 one of them.
"Obviously I want to finish the season inside the top 50 comfortably" - Marc Warren
“There’s still another major to play, the US PGA, and there’s the final series in Europe, so there’s still a lot to play for with some massive events later on,” he said.
“We’re just moving into the second half of the year now to be honest. I’m in a decent position in the Race to Dubai and the world rankings – obviously I want to finish the season inside the top 50 comfortably. I feel like my game’s good enough to do that and there are some big enough events ahead where if I play well in them I can move up quite nicely.”
Marc Warren :: Top 50 by end of 2015?
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